The GlaxoSmithKline East Wake Residency began in 1988 to establish a partnership between the arts, local governments, communities, schools, and businesses and to serve the citizens of eastern Wake County by providing a high-quality, culturally diverse arts and educational experience. These residencies take place in eastern Wake County, primarily in the towns of Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.
Residencies include workshops, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, performances, and up to two weeks of residency work with core groups in schools and with community partners. Community partners have included the Parks and Recreation Departments of Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon; the Wake County Public School System; local libraries; senior citizens facilities; family life centers; and GlaxoSmithKline and its employees at the Zebulon facility.
Professional artists, presented by United Arts in residency work, have included the New Century Saxophone Quartet, Ying String Quartet, the String Trio of New York, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company, the Anderson String Quartet, and the African American Dance Ensemble.
The East Wake Residency is sponsored by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the GlaxoSmithKline East Wake Endowment.